The Rogue Queen is the third book in the Hundredth Queen series by Emily R. King. It’s a series I didn’t really like at first but grew to like over the course of the second book. When I requested the book on Netgalley, I had no clue whether or not I’d like it at all! I usually don’t request books if I feel about them this way, but I decided to give it a shot and I’m glad I did. I’m not super in love with the story, but it was a nice read anyway. As always, my review is completely spoiler free!
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
“I have lived so long in the dark, I recognize the light.”
I always find it difficult to review books like The Rogue Queen. I guess it’s even more difficult with this one since I really didn’t like The Hundredth Queen, but gave it a second chance by reading The Fire Queen and it was… alright. But not amazing by any means. To be quite honest, I found this on Netgalley, and since I got the previous instalments that way, too, I decided to request it just to see how it would continue.
The reason I find books like these so difficult to review, is because I’m just not sure what to say when I’ve already talked about the series twice before. It’s just not that special Sure, I liked the second book better than the first and that’s why I had more to say about it. With The Rogue Queen came another sort of feeling; It’s right there, in between the first two books when it comes to how much I like/dislike it. Some of the deaths felt unnecessary and some just passed me by entirely, like… That just happened? OK. But there’s good things too! I loved Kali’s “fight” for change and equality between men and women. I felt like she sometimes took it a little too far, but it’s also a powerful message.
I think I liked The Fire Queen so much better than the first book because it wasn’t very romance-heavy. The Roque Queen has quite a bit of romance, plus a rather cliché love-triangle. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good love-triangle. With the emphasis on good. If this had been released a few years ago, I think it could actually be interesting. Unfortunately, it’s not and it’s just… old. Or something. It really wasn’t my thing. There’s jealousy and petty drama between characters I just don’t really care about.
The plot and settings were really interesting! It’s quite an adventurous book, but I have to admit it might’ve been a little too adventurous. We got to know quite a few new characters who weren’t important enough to really remember. This lead to some unnecessary confusion towards the end. For some reason it also reminded me of The Legend of Zelda? (Which I don’t consider a bad thing!) Like, in Zelda there’s the Zora Domain with fish-like people who use tridents and there’s the Gorons who’re like rock-people living near a volcano. All the different groups in The Roque Queen reminded me of that a bit and it was quite interesting!
The end was quite alright, I guess. I loved this big, epic battle. But at the same time, lots of details got lost in a sea
or should I say lake… hehe of action. I have to admit I’m not a fan of the final ending, though. “Unfortunately,” there’s going to be a fourth book and I’ll be waiting for a full synopsis, but I don’t think I’ll be picking it up. A fourth book is great and all, but it ruined the perfectly wonderful ending! It was such a brave move on Emily’s part, only to be “ruined” by the end, which will probably also be the plot for the fourth book.
I enjoyed reading The Rogue Queen, but it wasn’t all that special to me. There are definitely some really wonderful elements to the story, but also a few I – unfortunately – didn’t like. However, I do think fans of the series are going to love it.
About The Rogue Queen
In the explosive third volume of The Hundredth Queen Series, the queen of fire faces off against a demon of ice.
Despite the odds, Kalinda has survived it all: Marriage to a tyrant. Tournaments to the death. The forbidden power to rule fire. The icy touch of a demon.
That same demon now disguises itself as Rajah Tarek, Kalinda’s late husband and a man who has never stopped haunting her. Upon taking control of the palace and the army, the demon brands Kalinda and her companions as traitors to the empire. They flee across the sea, seeking haven in the Southern Isles.
In Lestari, Kalinda’s powers are not condemned, as they are in her land. Now free to use them to protect those she loves, Kalinda soon realizes that the demon has tainted her with a cold poison, rendering her fire uncontrollable. But the lack of control may be just what she needs to send the demon back to the darkest depths of the Void.
To take back the empire, Kalinda will ally with those she distrusts—and risk losing those most loyal to her—to defeat the demon and bring peace to a divided nation.
Have you read the Hundredth Queen series? Will you be reading The Rogue Queen and the final book in the series?
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